2015-16 UMass Hockey Schedule Released

The Massachusetts hockey team released the schedule for the upcoming season.  Following an exhibition game against Dalhousie on October 3rd the Minutemen will open the season on 10/9 in the shadow of Pike’s Peak for a two game series with Colorado College.  The home opener will take place Friday, October 16th against Sacred Heart.

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Up To The Minute 7/22

I’ve been busy the last few weeks with work (bad) and vacation (very good) so time to catch up on the news around the Massachusetts hockey program since my last post.

Of course the biggest news, at least in this area, was former Minuteman defenseman Matt Irwin signing with a one year deal with the Boston Bruins.  Irwin will become the first UMass hockey player to suit up the Bruins, assuming Frank Vatrano doesn’t somehow beat him onto the Garden ice first.

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Projecting UMass Hockey’s Future Rosters

Those who follow Fear The Triangle on Twitter already got a sneak preview of today’s subject.  BurntBoats, a Boston University fan on Twitter, has been tracking projected future rosters for both BU and BC, showing what the lineup looks like, where the holes are, when recruits are eligible for the draft, and who are the potential flight risks to go pro.  I thought it was good way to visualize such info so I decided to do the same for UMass.  So here’s how the next four seasons of rosters currently look for the Minutemen:

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Defenseman Callum Fryer To Join UMass This Fall; Leonard To Play For US U18 Team

It may be July but Coach Micheletto and his staff are still on the road trying to improve the fortunes of the Massachusetts hockey team.  They’re doing so not just for future years, but this coming year as well.  UMass picked up a commitment from 6’2”, 185lb defenseman Callum Fryer for this fall.  The news was first reported by Over The Boards:

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Up To The Minute: Sheary, Kostka, and Hanley Sign NHL Deals

Today was the first day of NHL free agency and a number of former Minutemen have new homes tonight.  Perhaps the highlight of the day is the two-way deal that Conor Sheary signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Penguins rewarded him for a strong rookie season in the AHL where he led the Wilkes-Barre Penguins in points for both the regular season and the playoffs.  His contract this past season was a strictly minor league deal with Wilkes-Barre so the signing with the big club is a significant milestone for Sheary.

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Up To The Minute: NHL Draft Coverage

Just wanted to pass along some news and links in the wake of yesterday’s NHL Draft and future Minutemen Jake Massie and Ivan Chukarov being taken by the Hurricanes and Sabres respectively.

Coach Micheletto was obviously happy to see two of his recruits taken in Sunrise.

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UMass Recruits Jake Massie and Ivan Chukarov Selected In 2015 NHL Draft

As expected the Massachusetts hockey program came out of this year’s draft with two of their incoming recruits picked up by NHL teams, though not necessarily the two expected when I wrote my preview earlier this week.  Defenseman Jake Massie was almost a lock to get drafted.  So it wasn’t a huge shock to see him picked by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 6th round, 156th overall.  It was a little surprising later on though when incoming freshman defenseman Ivan Chukarov was picked by the Buffalo Sabres to kick off the 7th round, 182nd overall, because he hadn’t been ranked by any of the scouting services.

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NHL Draft Preview: Three Future Minutemen May Be Picked In Sunrise

The NHL Draft takes place this weekend in Sunrise, Florida and there’s a very good chance that at least one current UMass recruit will hear his name called.  The first round takes place on Friday at 7pm (broadcast on NBC Sports), but any future Minuteman would likely be picked in rounds 2 through 7 which kick off Saturday at 10am (on NHL Network).  Any recruit that gets picked this weekend will join senior Ben Gallacher (Florida, 4th round 2010) and incoming freshman William Lagesson (Edmonton, 4th round 2014) as draft picks associated with the UMass program.

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Defenseman Colin Felix Commits To UMass

The Massachusetts hockey program picked up a commitment tonight from 6’1”, 175lb defenseman Colin Felix.  Felix is a ‘99 birth year so he’d likely arrive in Amherst in 2018, joining fellow defenseman Brian Scoville as the second commitment for that fall.

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Up To The Minute 6/10

Here we are deep into the off-season.  There hasn’t been much to report in the way of UMass hockey news.  All seems to be quiet on Commonwealth Ave, though no doubt the staff is keeping busy with the constant recruiting responsibilities.

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